‘Santa Claus is coming to town…’ but which town? It’s up to you. More than 3 weeks before Christmas, and you still searching for a magical place where to spend your Christmas day. The countdown has begun and this is the perfect excuse for a short break to visit one of Europe’s fabulous Christmas markets. Well done you‘re at the right place. Here’re 6 cities that ‘ll make you fall in love with their Christmas markets and other background during December.
- 1 Christmas in Prague
There’s no bad time to visit Prague. But if you visit the capital in December, you’ll obviously feel the magic of Christmas. Christmas markets of Prague are the most traditional and beautiful of Europe. Open until the first of January- even open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s day- you won’t regret it. Hot wine, Hot chocolate, colourful stands, the spirit of Santa Claus is everywhere in Prague.
For more information https://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas-markets.asp
- 2 Christmas in Copenhaguen
A cup of rich Danish hot chocolate and so many treats to choose from. Copenhagen could be a great choice for you.If there’s something that you absolutely need to see in your life, it is the gardens of Tivoli, open until 31th December.
The city’s amusement park opened in 1843 and has hosted its own Christmas market for 23 years. You can watch lively shows and sample local dishes. The historic gardens will be full of decorated wooden houses, snow-covered trees, Santa’s reindeer, Christmas lights, and the true Nordic Christmas atmosphere.
Photo from the official website http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/get-spirit-copenhagens-christmas-markets
- 3 Christmas in Budapest,
When the Hungarian capital is covered with snow, it means that winter has really arrived with the festivities of Christmas.
Vörösmarty Square is the perfect place to host the Christmas market, where you will find dozens of stalls, music, hot wine, local specialties (queuing for a kürtőskalacs, a pastry shop Cinnamon or langos, fried with cream and cheese). “Goulash is served in a huge, hollowed out bread rol” (The Guardian, 2016)The market is usually all through December, more specifically the Advent period. The date for 2016 has been set and updated: Nov 11, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017 For more information about Christmas Fair in Budapest: http://budapestchristmas.com/christmas-market-on-vorosmarty-square
- 4 Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, also name ‘Capital of Christmas’ according to the official website of the city.
It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, and then called the “Christkindelsmärik” (market of the Infant Jesus).
The market is really nice especially in the late afternoon, when city turns on its lights and shop windows shine, decorations adorn the facades, the smells of spices and cinnamon fill the air.
- 5 Cologne, Germany
From 21 November to 2 of January, the magi of Christmas ‘ll be running in the street of Cologne. Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. So you should go and savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine.
Enjoy the currywurst, pretzels on offer, and the show in this enchanting city. No excuse, Eurostar offers return tickets from £45 each way.
So take your time but not so much because Christmas is coming very soon, and all you want for Christmas is one of this wonderful cities. Feel free to send me some pictures of your favorite Christmas Market.